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Follow Friday: @adellewaldman, inside the mind of the hideous man

Adelle Waldman’s first novel is an insightful and probing look inside the mind of the casually cruel man. Our correspondent ponders his own life in chatting with her about writing and Twitter.

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Farewell to the second-hand bookshop

The days of record stores, second-hand bookstores and video rentals are almost behind us. Does this spell the end for diverse culture?

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Totting up Gillard’s income — author, speaker, ex-PM

Julia Gillard should make a pretty good income next year as she writes her memoirs, gives speeches and earns the standard ex-PMs salary. Crikey tots up the total.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: world’s worst book title?

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast author Loani Prior has made the short list for a book competition conducted by the major industry trade journal The Bookseller.

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New chapter for publishers and the online quest for readers

The relationship between publishers and readers has changed dramatically — and it’s all thanks to digital marketing technologies. Social media and video trailers are flogging more books.

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2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

What was the best film of 2012? The best TV show? The book you have to read, the video game you have to play, the album you have to download, the theatre you should have seen? Crikey picks the best.

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Rinehart’s get-rich-quick book for the nation shrouded in secrecy

Gina Rinehart will spend the next 36 hours zipping between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to launch her top-secret book of political essays. A presentation reveals personal photos of the billionaire.

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Booksellers sceptical about JK and the Chamber of Secrets

Only one Australian reviewer has read JK Rowling’s first book for adults, which goes on sale at 5pm today. The secrecy around The Casual Vacancy is a Harry Potter-like mystery.

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What’s happened to literary schools?

What has happened to literary movements? Why have they descended into little more than marketing labels? Bethanie Blanchard on literary schools and generational packaging.

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Reading, screaming in cyberspace: notes from US Book Expo

If I heard one more publishing expert proclaim at Book Expo America this week that “the industry is changing”, I was prepared to clock her over the head with the 110-page Show Daily broadsheet, writes Virginia Lloyd, an author and literary agent, from New York.

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A place in which to write

The ways we write can be as important as what it is we write, says Bethanie Blanchard. The little rituals or habits, the strange superstitions we have about composing, the things that must occur if we are to have any success.

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The international agreement to gouge e-book customers

E-book prices have soared due to an international agreement between publishers. But why are non-US customers being gouged even more?

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Renewables are the way of the future

Crikey readers have their say.

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The era of Books Without Borders

Crikey readers have their say.

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The taxing debate on books

Crikey readers have their say.

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The Awl | BOOKS|

Re-writing literary history: what happens when you kill the main character

Harry Potter author JK Rowling recently announced that she nearly killed off sidekick Ron Weasley midway through the series. Jon Methven examines what would happen if some of literature’s favourite characters had been edited off the page.

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Bookseller and Publisher | BOOKS|

Google launches ebooks in Oz

Aussie readers can now purchase an enormous range of Google ebooks directly from Google, as well as bookseller partners including Booktopia and Dymocks.

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Grey areas of madness: an interview with Jon Ronson, on The Psychopath Test

Jon Ronson is well-known for his journalism and his books Them: Adventures with Extremists, and The Men Who Stare at Goats. He chats with Angela Meyer about his latest book The Psychopath Test.

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Christos Tsiolkas: a slap to the ABC for killing The Book Show

Author Christos Tsiolkas has attacked the decision to axe Radio National’s Book Show. He writes in an open letter to the ABC board …

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Full Stop | BOOKS|

Book review clichés demystified

Confused by what ‘ambitious’ means in a literary book review? It just means the reviewer didn’t finish the book, says Eric Jett and Alex Shephard, as they dispel the most common clichés from the literary reviewing world.

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20 classics in 2011 #6: The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch

The latest book in Angela Meyer’s project to read 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011 was The Sea, The Sea, by Iris Murdoch, a much admired and prolific author.

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Book barns are dead, long live cosy indies

We can’t save big book barns, but we can save independent cultural retail. It’s independent book stores and music retailers that offer something the big chains rarely mustered: character, passion and charm.

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Short fiction and Spineless Wonders

Crikey book blogger Angela Meyer discusses short fiction with Bronwyn Mehan, founder of new Australian publishing company Spineless Wonders.

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Scoop: the winner of the 2011 Mens’ Franklin Award

W H Chong reveals the winner of the 2011 Men’s Franklin Award — the new term for the Miles Franklin, since no ladies are allowed — as well as discussing the new Women’s Franklin Award.

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Read something ‘Australian’

What is “Australian” writing? In the inaugural Miles Franklin award oration on Tuesday, Peter Temple gave the question a red-hot go. It poses some interesting examples to read, says Siobhan Argent.

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